Feb 02

Snow Day!

Well not really for me.  It is hard to have a real snow day when you work from home.  But Jennie was home today because of the snow.  The city pretty much shut down after the Groundhog Day Blizzard struck.  And from the sounds of it, most of the schools are going to be closed again tomorrow because of the weather.


I was woken up early by a puppy who needed to be taken out.  Bailey has been very good about sleeping through the night lately.  He still wakes up at about 5:30AM though.  When I went to take him out, the door needed to be forced open as the snow had drifted up above the bottom of the door.  Rather than just take the dog out, I decided that because I was up, I might as well start shoveling.

I shoveled 4 inches last night before bed and about another 12 inches fell during the night.

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Armed with a shovel and my trusty helper, I started to dig us out.  Jennie came out to help out as well.  She turned out to be a better helper than Bailey.  It took an hour and half to clear the driveway.  That time, however, included unshoveling some of the snow.  What is unshoveling you may be wondering?  Well, that is what you have to do when the camera suddenly goes missing because it fell out of someone’s pocket and got buried in a snow bank.  Thankfully, we had a decent idea of which snow bank to dig in and found it after about 10 minutes of digging.

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The biggest problem with shoveling was that we were running out of places to put all the snow.  By the time we were done, the piles at the end of driveway were taller than Jennie and it was a real struggle to throw anymore snow on top.

After we finished shoveling, I decided it was time for a run.  With all the roads essentially closed, it was the perfect morning for a run.  So, I headed out with the camera for a 6 mile run around Reeds Lake.  I stuck to running

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Gaslight Village.  Completely deserted.  Normally this street is lined with cars.

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As I rounded the lake, the plowed roads ended and I was forced to run in the tracks left by the few cars that had traveled done the road.

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Fail.  This car tried to get out of a side street and got stuck.  I don’t think it is moving for a while.

I wasn’t alone on my run.  I passed a couple of people going the opposite way.  I also followed 3 sets of footprints nearly the entire way around the lake.  At the end of my run, I could finally see the three person team in the distance.  I never did catch them but it was nice to know I wasn’t the only crazy person out.

After I got back from my run, it was time play with the puppy!   The snow was so deep that we was almost swimming through.

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Finally, thanks to everyone for sharing your advice and comments about your doctors.  It is sort of unsetting and settling at the same time.  Settling because I know I am not alone, but unsettling because it doesn’t sound like there is a whole lot of hope in finding a general practitioner who understands what we do.  Oh well.  As long as I stay healthy, I guess I really don’t need to worry too much about it.

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  1. Derek

    Welcome to great “Shoulder workouts” from now until the end of winter: Shoveling snow with no where to put it. We have been there since mid December!


  2. Jon

    That video is awesome! You totally body slammed Baily! haha! I remember growing up getting a big snow like that and our German Shorthair was too small to walk through the snow. So he sent out our big 90+ pound yellow lab out first to make the trail. Looks like he loves the snow!

  3. Matt Oravec

    That is why I have a snow plow 🙂 Shoveling is over-rated (although I have to shovel sidewalks at one of our commercial accounts).

    Thanks for taking most of the snow from us, it was VERY manageable by the time it hit us haha.

    Our dogs LOVE romping in the snow 🙂

  4. Scott

    I am in Iceaggedon he double hockey sticks, I rather have snow

    The read car cracks me up, didnt they think to take a shovel!!! Oh course not and they were too lazy to shovel out the last 5 feet of tracks to escape. People crack me up

  5. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    You three are too cute in that last picture!!!

    I cannot believe you went out for a run in that! You are way more hardcore than I will ever be!

  6. Nitmos

    Hey, I made the purple. Whoop-dee-doo!

  7. Colleen Kingery

    I’d rather have the snow… we have ice! Blah! Great pictures!

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